• Uniquely Driggs Comprehensive Plan, Idaho

    Located between the Tetons and the Big Hole Mountains, Driggs has a thriving community of 1,800 residents. Logan Simpson developed a comprehensive plan update with a primary focus on health, with opportunities to improve health in the built environment integrated in to every element of the document. The boom and bust tourism economy has impacted Driggs since the 2008 recession, which led to several platted and unbuilt lots resulting in a housing shortage.  Logan Simpson and our team of consultants took a targeted approach to reviewing multiple housing program options to find solutions for workforce housing and supporting a balanced economy.

    As an inter-city airport, the land use component of the plan needed to take into account all of the ITD requirements in regard to crash and transition zones. Close coordination with the Driggs Airport Board was necessary to ensure compliance with applicable regulations, and to ensure continued operation and expansion of airport operations and associated industry, as residential uses continue to encroach upon the boundary. The Airport Master Plan was completed by the Board, and in tandem with the Comprehensive Plan in order to ensure consistency in these regulations and vision.

    Incorporation of health metrics and a focus on dedicated Hispanic outreach for the Uniquely Driggs Comprehensive Plan helped the project to win a 2020 Western Planner Rural Innovation Award. Outreach to minority communities were a focus of the plan. Through bilingual outreach materials, working with the Hispanic Resource Center, and meeting with middle and high school students, the project team proved to be highly successful in reaching the historically under-represented population.

    WINNER of the 2020 Western Planner – Rural Innovation Award

    The Plan highlighted the thoughtful housing approaches, pragmatic focus on infill, and sensitivity to critical habitats and neighboring jurisdictions. “It’s a plan that I will examine to provide ideas to other communities I work with and in addition I appreciate the thoughtful approaches for a beautiful place.” – Paul Mobley, AICP, PCED, The Western Planner

  • South of the River Subarea Plan

    The South of the River Subarea Plan presents a unique opportunity to support desired development patterns featuring a riverfront mixed-use activity center, surrounded by varied residential densities and connected by thoughtfully designed roads, trails, and paths. This detailed process includes a subarea plan and a detailed conceptual plan for a mixed-use activity center, vetted through stakeholder, and public engagement, traffic modelling, and floodplain analysis to ensure feasible and development that matches the intent and purpose of the subarea. The final plan will include a detailed subarea plan with illustrative sketches, visual simulations, and a strategic implementation guide. In addition, the Logan Simpson team will develop code overlay and text modification recommendations to ensure realization of the vision from the subarea plan.

    The subarea plan will provide a higher level of detail than the Com­prehensive Plan could, with specific detail for development at Star Road and along the Boise River in order to plan this area as the new downtown for Star.

  • Pagosa Springs Land Use Development Code Update

    The Logan Simpson team is working with the Town of Pagosa Springs to update the Pagosa Springs Land Use Development Code (LUDC). Pagosa Springs has experienced an uptick in growth over the past five years growing from approximately 1,800 residents in 2015 to 2,147 in 2020. With a well-established downtown, medical center, regional airstrip, outdoor recreation, and the popular hot springs, Pagosa Springs is quickly becoming a desirable place for people and businesses to establish. In order to continue to encourage development in a way that is respectful of the community vision as set forth in Pagosa Springs Forward, Comprehensive Plan, the current Land Use Development Code (LUDC) is being updated to streamline application processes and better address housing attainability, short term rental impacts, parking, environmental protections, and general design standards throughout the code. Additional topics up for discussion include stormwater management, solar priorities, electric vehicle charging, and low water landscaping.

  • Ketchum Historic Preservation Plan Update

    Logan Simpson worked diligently with City Staff to expedite drafting of an interim historic preservation ordinance to enact baseline regulations and protections while a permanent ordinance with incentives and design guidelines is developed. The interim ordinance was developed with the input of many community stakeholders – including historians, developers, architects, real estate agents, and members of the community – through online surveys and small group meetings. Logan Simpson is currently working with the City of Ketchum to develop a permanent historic preservation ordinance, historic design guidelines, and a preservation handbook with preservation incentives.

  • Jackson Teton County Growth Management Plan

    Logan Simpson worked with the Town of Jackson and Teton County on the Growth Management Program (GMP) Review and an update to the forward-thinking 2012 Comprehensive Plan, previously completed by Logan Simpson staff Bruce Meighen and Megan Moore. The area is located on the edge of Yellowstone and includes the Town of Jackson and many smaller communities. The GMP Review was an in-depth statistical and community-based check-in on how the plan has been functioning over the last seven years and allows the team to systematically revise the plan through the identification of corrective actions necessary to better implement its vision. For this update, tasks have included an overall audit of the plan, using a three-tiered priority rating system based on seven years of indicator data, trend analysis, and an outreach campaign to understand the community’s perception. Looking back, the Plan shifted growth from rural areas into complete neighborhoods (over 60% into complete neighborhoods) and resulted in thousands of units of new workforce housing (over 65% of people who work in Jackson/Teton live there). Our work developing the Character Districts, Code, and Housing Action Plan has ensured growth is directed to the correct places. Fundamental changes to the Plan will be a limit on greenhouse gases, no new single-occupancy lane miles constructed, and an environmental keystone indicator. The Plan update process can be found at http://www.jacksontetonplan.com/315/Growth-Management-Program-GMP-Review-Upd, and the overall plan is located at http://www.jacksontetonplan.com/270/Comprehensive-Plan.

  • 8th Street Multiuse Path and Streetscape

    The City of Tempe (COT) is planning construction of a multiple-use path (MUP) and streetscape improvements project along the 8th Street corridor between Rural Road and McClintock Drive. The area of potential effects (APE) is entirely situated within AZ U:9:165(ASM)/La Plaza and incorporates an alignment of AZ U:9:298(ASM)/Creamery Branch Railroad. The former is a multicomponent site that has been recommended eligible for listing in the NRHP under Criterion D (information potential) and the latter is a historic railroad that has been recommended eligible for listing in the NRHP under Criterion A (important events/history).  Logan Simpson involvement with the 8th Street MUP project was in part due to recommendation from local tribal representatives to the City to engage with a firm like Logan Simpson given the sensitivity of the resources in the project area.

    Logan Simpson provided the COT with cultural resources services, including coordination and permitting, consultation, revision of existing Class I and Class III cultural resources reports, preparation of a Historic Properties Treatment Plan (HPTP), and execution of Phase I testing according to the HPTP. The project required project registration, an AAA project-specific permit, and burial agreement from the Arizona State Museum (ASM). Logan Simpson coordinated with the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), ASM, and COT to obtain the necessary project permits and approvals. Phase I testing consisted of 27 mechanically excavated trenches that revealed 24 prehistoric period features and 11 historic period features. These included a prehistoric human burial, pits, buried surfaces, canal segments, and structures along with historic railroad related features, buried surfaces, utilities, and irrigation ditches. Significantly, Logan Simpson archaeologists argue they discovered the remains of an exceptionally rare prehistoric Hohokam platform mound.

    Logan Simpson has worked closely with Native American tribes throughout the course of our involvement with the MUP project. We hosted a consultation meeting between the COT, ADOT, SHPO, and tribes held to discuss next steps following Phase I testing. Furthermore, we coordinated closely with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and other tribes to develop an addendum to the HPTP that called for close coordination with the tribe during Phase II data recovery, and our work plan includes close interaction with the tribes to ensure that this very important resource is handled in a way that is consistent with tribal values. In addition, Logan Simpson included an ethnographic study to address tribal questions in the HPTP addendum.

  • Sonoqui Wash Phase II Data Recovery


    The Town of Queen Creek requested Logan Simpson complete Phase II archaeological data recovery at site AZ U:14:49 (ASM), a prehistoric Hohokam village site also known as Los Pozos de Sonoqui, which had been determined eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places prior to planned construction of the Sonoqui Wash Channelization Project. The overall project’s goal was to develop and implement a plan for channelization of segments of Sonoqui Wash to improve regional flood control. The Phase II project area encompassed approximately 24 acres.

    During the planning stage of the data recovery project, Logan Simpson recommended that the Town consult with affiliated Native American tribes as our staff knew that this site was important to tribal communities. The Town agreed to consult with the tribes, and Logan Simpson included specific questions within the project’s research design in the Historic Properties Treatment Plan (HPTP) that addressed Native American perspectives on water and water management especially given that it was known that a large prehistoric reservoir was present in the project area. In their review of the HPTP, the Gila River Indian Community, Tribal Historic Preservation Office highlighted and praised Logan Simpson’s proposed plan to coordinate tribal outreach with O’odham tribal representatives and elders to obtain O’odham perspectives about the project’s archaeological findings and results.

    Prior to conducting fieldwork, crew members received cultural sensitivity training through the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community to ensure that all crew members understood tribal importance of the resources they would be working to excavate. The excavations resulted in the identification and documentation of 112 features associated with the prehistoric period. One of those features was a massive, centrally located retention basin with an estimated storage capacity of 1,200 cubic meters (317,000 gallons). The reservoir is one of the largest prehistoric reservoirs documented in Arizona. It is an oval-shaped reservoir that measures approximately 38 m by 25 m with a maximum depth of approximately 7.5 m. The reservoir is associated with the late Classic Period portion of Hohokam settlement (A.D. 1375-1450) and demonstrates the inhabitants’ ability to create accessible local water sources by diverting and harvesting runoff into artificial or natural basins. The reservoir underscores the site inhabitants’ ability to successfully harvest rainfall for year-round domestic use. It operated for no more than 50 –60 years and could have supplied domestic water for up to 530 people annually.

    The ethnographic study of contemporary O’odham groups’ traditional water storage technologies, cultural views of water, technical aspects of water harvesting and storage, and related issues in the southern Arizona desert complemented the archaeological work. Logan Simpson engaged Dr. J. Andrew Darling to lead the study, and he interviewed tribal leaders and elders from the Tohono O’odham Nation and the Gila River Indian Community. Furthermore, he brought these tribal members to the excavation site to see the features unearthed by Logan Simpson’s archaeologists.

    This research on O’odham creation stories and water use has elevated archaeologists’ understanding of the persistent connections of affiliated O’odham tribes with the Sonoqui Wash Site and the Queen Creek region. Ethnographic research has also demonstrated the extent, variety, and agricultural flexibility of O’odham communities in the Queen Creek watershed. It contributes to archaeologists’ understanding of the Queen Creek delta as a series of vooshan, shallow alluviated drainages that annually wash over their banks during the summer monsoon, creating broad well-watered areas suitable for farming and water storage. Many vooshan are visible on the Tohono O’Odham reservation today, where fields and villages have been abandoned since the 1950s or earlier.

  • Teton View Regional Plan for Sustainable Development

    Residents in the rural, diverse landscape of Teton region rely on regional resources for employment, recreation, and housing—making a regional plan for sustainability and resiliency a necessity. Working together, four counties in Wyoming and Idaho created the Teton View Regional Plan for Sustainable Development. The plan highlights what the region shares in common while respecting the varied economic, political, and cultural views of each community. It presents a voluntary “livability roadmap” to guide each jurisdiction in its future development. The plan outlines parallel paths that each locality may travel independently or through coordinated, region-wide implementation. It outlines high-priority community-scale projects and multi-sector initiatives to be led voluntarily by local cities, counties, and organizations. Additional projects are summarized that may be implemented by localities over the long term. The plan’s regional approach is designed to help city and county officials, and public land managers better coordinate land-use planning, resource management, and community development efforts for the region’s long-term benefit.

    The Teton View Regional Plan for Sustainable Development earned Idaho Smart Growth’s 2016 Planning & Policy Award and the 2015 Gem Award from the Idaho Chapter of the American Planning Association.

  • West Central Mountains Economic Development Strategy

    Logan Simpson’s community planning team helped communities throughout Idaho’s West Central Mountains Region build the West Central Mountains Economic Development Strategy (WCMEDS), a plan for economic resilience. Just 10,800 residents live in the 3 million-acre region. Over the past 40 years, the area’s economy has changed dramatically. WCMEDS contains short- and long-term goals that address six elements affecting the region’s quality of life and economic future. The strategy identified five key industries for which the region is well-positioned. An adaptive management program with associated metrics allows the region’s communities to  check progress against goals.

    There has been consistent progress against the plan since its adoption, demonstrating the strong spirit of collaboration between the region’s communities. A regional economic summit has taken place; a housing trust has been established; development of a parks and recreation district is underway; and an area sector analysis project are reaching the point of completion. The group has effectively enhanced youth activities and formed partnerships to address veterans’ needs. Progress is also being made in other areas, such as workforce development, construction of bus kiosks, update of the Valley County Pathways Master Concept Plan, establishing business incubators, construction of community gardens, and forest preservation. Implementation of the plan was partially funded by two grants awarded through the America’s Best Communities (ABC) competition. The plan won the 2016 American Planning Association Vernon Deines Merit Award for an Outstanding Small Town Special Project Plan and the 2016 American Planning Association Idaho Chapter Outstanding Plan Award. Read the plan here or watch a video here.

  • Veterans Reflection Circle

    Veterans Reflection Circle honors the service of US Army Sergeant First Class Brian Mancini, who was wounded by a roadside bomb in Iraq. After he returned to his Surprise, Arizona hometown, Brian founded the nonprofit Honor House to help service men and women to make the transition back to civilian life. The memorial includes three distinct areas that tell Brian’s story. The center of the memorial represents the internal impact of Brian’s service. It features tough desert plants that surround and protect “Brian’s Bench,” a water feature that overlooks the entire memorial. An outer circle represents the community and how it surrounded Brian with support. Benches in this area allow people to pause for reflection. The “Last Walk” represents the journey only Brian could take. It connects the inner circle to the outer reaches of the reflection space and a community lake where Brian fished as a way to find healing.

    Throughout the memorial, protective concrete barriers known as Bremer walls echo the Iraqi landscape Brian experienced. The Bremer walls also provide space to display a mural about his journey, a dedication plaque, and a poem Brian wrote.

    This memorial was realized as a private-public partnership. It is located on land donated by the City of Surprise. Logan Simpson collaborated with WERK Urban Design to organize nearly 40 consultants and contractors, who donated nearly $385,000 to make the memorial a reality.